Plastic Pollution – Focus of June 5, 2023 World Environment Day

According to an April 25, 2023, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) news release, titled: “Everything you need to know about plastic pollution” “… This year’s World Environment Day … [June 5] is focusing on the plastic pollution crisis. The reason? Humanity produces more than 430 million tonnes of plastic annually, two-thirds of which are short-lived products that soon become waste, filling the ocean and, often, working their way into the human food chain … Overall, 46 per cent of plastic waste is landfilled, while 22 per cent is mismanaged and becomes litter. Unlike other materials, plastic does not biodegrade. It can take up to 1,000 years to break down … The packaging sector is the largest generator of single-use plastic waste ­in the world. … Farming is another area where plastic is ubiquitous: it is used in everything from seed coatings to mulch film …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #WorldEnvironmentDay #MicroPlastics @UNEP